I have come to believe that creativity is our human capacity to experience and express difference in service of change. It isn’t a super power that some people have and others don’t. It isn’t something that has a formula, nor something that can be easily measured and rolled out en masse. In fact, society’s rather narrow definition of what creativity is seems to be the main thing that inhibits it.
Virtually every organisation nowadays is seeking more creativity (or its more grown up sounding sibling “innovation”) but few manage to achieve it because they fail to pay attention to the fact that nurturing creativity in the workplace is primarily a psychological and social process that involves disturbing some delicate relational norms. No amount of suggestion schemes, creative toolsets or offices painted green with foosball tables will make much difference if the underlying culture isn’t altered in some way. This blog explores these ideas in more detail.
I have worked with many organisations to help them nurture the underlying cultural permission required to bring forth more spontaneity, creativity and innovation through a variety of different methods including:
- Immersive experimental workshops from 1 day to 5 days that have involved anything from improvisation skills, creative thinking practices, innovation processes, “Kittens Cave” (a more surreal version of Dragons Den), creative mask work, problem solving through art and Creative Adventures in the outside world.
- Embedded Creativity Action Learning Groups to explore what happens when the theory meets reality.
- Key note talks on spontaneity, creativity, playfulness and innovation.
- 1:1 coaching